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tapestry (ˈtæpɪstrɪ)
n , pl -tries
1.  a heavy ornamental fabric, often in the form of a picture, used for wall hangings, furnishings, etc, and made by weaving coloured threads into a fixed warp
2.  another word for needlepoint
3.  a colourful and complicated situation: the rich tapestry of London life
[C15: from Old French tapisserie carpeting, from Old French tapiz carpet; see tapis]

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